The FIM today released the provisional 2016 calendar for the World Superbike championship. There is good news and bad news in the calendar, with Portimao disappearing from the calendar, but Monza making a welcome return. World Superbikes will also be returning to Germany, with the entire circus turning up to the Lausitzring, just north of Dresden. The best news is that there are no direct clashes with MotoGP, but WSBK will be running on the same date as F1 for nine rounds, though only the Donington and Monza rounds happen in the same timezone.
Press releases from the series organizers and teams after Sunday's World Superbike round at Magny-Cours:
Rea masters wet conditions in Race 1 at Magny-Cours
Sykes edged in the closing stages as Guintoli claims home podium.
|7||M. vd Mark||Honda||170||-358|
|3||J. Cluzel||MV Agusta||155||-58|
|4||L. Zanetti||MV Agusta||142||-71|
The last race of the day, only five minutes later than advertised, would be the full twenty one laps in the dry, most of the dampness having left the track.
Leon Haslam took the early lead ahead of Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Haslam kept the lead for two laps until Rea, having passed Davies, pushed him offline, leaving him with the only option of cutting the chicane and slotting back into fourth place, behind the front three.
The World Supersport race was shortened for scheduling, and it was still damp enough for everyone to fit intermediate tyres. The race started with Kenan Sofuoglu having to fight his way past Lucas Mahias and a very quick off the mark Kyle Smith to take the lead.
Once clear, Sofuoglu built a five second lead in three laps with PJ Jacobsen in second seeing his title hopes disappearing into the distance. Then, a red flag came out for fluid on the track and they would have to start again.
The morning's wet warmup was red-flagged as Reiterberger spilled oil on the track. The race start was delayed and the race would be reduced to nineteen laps. In deference for the conditions, riders were shod in the new wet tyres, front and rear.
World champion Jonathan Rea took to the front with Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies duelling for second behind him. Tom Sykes charged through from the back of the third row to take fourth place from Niccolo Canepa. At the end of the first lap, Sykes, after a solid duel with Davies, sidled into second place and changed his target to Rea.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying at Magny-Cours:
Haslam splashes his way to French Tissot-Superpole win
The Aprilia rider on pole despite a late crash, Rea only 0.004s away in second.
World Supersport qualifying wasn't any drier than Superpole.
PJ Jacobsen took pole position at the last minute, demoting championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu to second on the grid. Lucas Mahias, after an early crash that damaged his bike, was still able to return and take the last place on the grid in front of his home crowd.
Kyle Smith headed the second row ahead of Alex Baldolini, whose pace has been good all weekend, and Gino Rea in spite of Rea's injuries from yesterday's early crash.
A wet Superpole in France and all bets were off. Without a choice of tyres, everyone apparently getting the new wet weather Pirelli, we would not get the usual shift on a race tyre followed by a shift on a qualifying tyre as the better tactic is to just go out and get as many laps in fourteen minutes as possible.